Nuevo Mexicano duo Mesa Ritual—made up of Raven Chacon and William Fowler Collins—conjures electric music. Rather than relying on zeroes and ones, the act employs analog equipment, electric guitar and electronic effects to build soundscapes that reflect vast expanses of desert laced with snaky wires and pylons. Perhaps the only genre descriptor that can encompass the entirety of Mesa Ritual’s sound is “noise,” but their restrained yet tonally expansive sonic signature defies hard and fast categorization. Mesa Ritual releases their self-titled debut 12-inch LP via SIGE Records on May 20, but the local release party happens at Spirit Abuse (1103 Fourth Street NW) on Friday, May 2. Starting at 9pm, aural curandera TAHNZZ and artist/Postcommodity member Kade Twist add to the buzzworthiness. Admission is only $5.